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Students Encouraged to Complete CATS by April 21

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:42

Video produced by The Hive (Creative & Technical Services) in the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2015) — More than 85 percent of UK students have completed Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS), providing the university with essential feedback to sustain and strengthen a safe campus environment.


"Campus safety is our top priority at UK," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "But safety means many things. In addition to lights, security cameras, safety officers and technology, we need students, faculty and staff who place safety and inclusion first. All of these things speak to the kind of environment we all want as part of the UK community."


The 25-minute confidential survey is available online through students' myUK portal until April 21. All students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) are required to complete CATS as part of class registration. Graduating students must complete it before accessing their transcripts.


"A safe, welcoming and inclusive campus must be everyone's priority," Capilouto said. "CATS, in an important sense, is part of our students' investment in creating that campus."


The survey consists of several sections that ask questions about students' beliefs, opinions, and knowledge of various topics. The development of these sections occurred through partnerships with the President's Office, UK Police, University Health Services (UHS), Student Affairs, Office of Legal Counsel, and the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center.


To encourage students to complete CATS before registration, the CATS team has already given out several prizes for survey completion, including UK Dining meal vouchers, UK parking permits and cash. 


Any student graduating this semester who completes CATS by this Friday, April 17, will be eligible to win a UK diploma frame. Students who complete CATS by Friday, April 24, will be eligible to win a $250 Amazon gift card. For more details please visit


While many students have won prizes, the greatest reward is that the results will inform students, faculty and other stakeholders on issues of campus safety. The hope is that each student will take the time to complete CATS truthfully, so the results can be used to improve campus safety as well as the overall campus experience for all students.


For questions about CATS, email



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Local Food Connects Kentucky and Campus

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2015) — A local food movement is undoubtedly growing across the nation, and the University of Kentucky — surrounded by millions of acres of farmland and thousands of farmers throughout the Commonwealth — is poised to lead the way in sustainable solutions.


But what is so great about locally sourced and produced food? First and foremost, it's supportive of a robust Kentucky food economy. Purchasing locally also reduces the miles food travels from farm to plate, and ensures fresh, in-season products.


UK Dining partners with local farmers and producers to deliver that fresh, home-grown experience to a campus with more than 30,000 students and 14,000 employees. As UK and Aramark forged a 15-year, $245 million partnership last year to transform dining services, the opportunity to support Kentucky farmers and processors expanded.


UK Dining is committed to purchasing $1.2 million in Kentucky Proud products this calendar year and increasing this amount annually. Kentucky Proud includes products that are grown, raised, processed or packaged in Kentucky — from meats and cheeses to baked goods and produce.


UK Dining is also committed to tracking and expanding their economic impact on the region and plans to purchase $800,000 in products and services from companies based in Fayette and contiguous counties. This is in addition to the $1.2 million spent with Kentucky Proud and will also increase each year.


Leisha Vance, sustainability manager for UK Dining, strategically looks at campus dining as a whole as well as what products are available in the local market to make recommendations. In the past six months, partnerships with Marksbury Farm, Custom Food Solutions and Trifecta Barbecue Sauce, just to name a few, have formed as a result of her recommendations.


And to increase food safety and reduce transportation waste, much of the local and Kentucky Proud products are distributed by partners Sysco and Piazza Produce. Vendors like Udderly Kentucky, Klosterman’s Bread, John Conti Coffee and Donut Days Bakery deliver directly to campus.


In January, an ongoing effort began to connect even more potential local foods suppliers to UK Dining. The “Accessing the UK Dining Market” workshop, sponsored by the Food Connection at UK, UK Cooperative Extension Service and Bluegrass Farm to Table, was held to introduce Kentucky suppliers to the potential of UK Dining partnerships, familiarize them with the UK system and identify the next steps in securing more local food at UK.


A well-received event, around 70 to 80 producers and processors attended and the organizers have already been contacted by other interested suppliers.


"The workshop created opportunities for UK Dining, its suppliers and local farmers to talk about real-world, practical partnerships," said Lee Meyer, organizer of the workshop and extension professor in the UK Department of Agricultural Economics. "The next step is training programs, provided by UK Extension and our sustainable ag program, to help farmers meet UK Dining’s buying requirements."


The number of local vendors that UK Dining works with continues to increase. Vendors and farmers that are interested in partnering with UK Dining should email


As important as purchasing and serving is, UK's commitment to local food products stretches far beyond campus restaurants. Soon after UK Dining began its transformation, another partnership, the Food Connection at UK, sprouted.


The Food Connection, backed by a $5 million investment by Aramark and UK Dining, is housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Partnering closely with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky farmers, community partners, and consumers, the Food Connection aims to enhance the production, distribution, and consumption of local and Kentucky Proud food products.


The partnership includes $1 million to endow undergraduate and graduate internships and fellowships as well as another $250,000 in one-time start-up costs for equipment and programmatic needs, and $250,000 annually over a 15-year term for staff, programming, research grants, and other initiatives.


"Currently, there is unprecedented interest in local foods both on and off the campus," said Scott Smith, faculty director of the Food Connection. "We are building projects and partnerships to expand the opportunities in local foods for both farmers and consumers."


Some of those projects include research addressing the question, "How do we measure the impact of local foods purchasing?" and looking for tools to track the impact of UK Dining and other markets on farms and the local economy. The Food Connection also engages students in the education aspect of food systems and outreach, and offers student opportunity grants for related projects.


The Food Connection recently partnered with Lexington and Louisville stakeholders in the local food economy to host the Bluegrass Barn Raising, where more than 40 farmers, food processors, distributors, lenders and market leaders recently convened at UK to discuss strategies for expanding the supply of local foods.


"The University of Kentucky is uniquely positioned to be a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems," said Shane Tedder, UK sustainability coordinator. "These partnerships, combined with our existing research, extension work and curriculum, certainly move us in that direction."



Kentucky Proud Lunch


Interested in experiencing an array of local food options at UK? This week, UK Dining will host a Kentucky Proud lunch, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Commons Market. UK Dining’s team of chefs will serve up meals featuring products from Wiesenberger Mill, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, Boone Creek Creamery, Gallrein Farms, Custom Food Solutions, Klosterman’s Bread, Prairie Farms, Donut Days Bakery, and more. Lunch is $8.50 plus tax, and faculty and staff can show their UK ID card for $1 off. 




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To Publish or Not to Publish: It's No Longer the Question

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2015) — As history-shattering events have a tendency to do, a quiet little revolution has been developing on the horizon. It has dodged in and out of the headlines for a couple of decades without a great deal of notice in the mainstream. And yet, it could be the biggest news in human creativity since Gutenberg invented the printing press.


Experts haven’t quite settled on a name just yet — digital writing, network publishing — but both the New York Times bestselling wanna-be and the frustrated young graduate student, pounding on their keyboards in the dark hours before dawn, have a name for it — freedom. No longer must a new writer seek out attorneys and publicists and agents. All they must do now to reach the masses is press “enter.”


Of course, doing something well is never that easy. That’s a good reason for the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences to sponsor the one-day symposium “Networked Publishing: Digital Writing in the Humanities” on April 25. The symposium brings to Lexington five leading figures in the creation and distribution of content in non-print formats. They are keynote speaker Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press; Margy Avery, senior acquisitions editor for MIT Press; Shoshana Berger, editorial director for IDEO; Maria Bonn, editor of Journal of Electronic Publishing; and Jeff Ullrich, past CEO of Earwolf.


The free, public event is slated 10 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Center Theater of the UK Student Center.


Both academic and nonacademic publishing operations are working to identify and create new ways to share ideas to all audiences. Today, there are new demands and challenges facing publishing, from content creation to economic models. Academic and general publishers are looking for new models. Scholars disinterested in traditional publishing are looking for new models. Libraries faced with new challenges in information storage and distribution are looking for new models. Speakers will address these concerns with discussions of digital formats, podcasting, web design, storytelling and other features essential to digital publishing.


The Networked Publishing symposium asks the speakers “to question or trace the future or present of digital publishing, particularly as scholarly work and university interests identify themselves as part of larger networks of meaning, interaction, professionalism, and education,” said Jeffrey Rice, Martha B. Reynolds Professor in Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies; interim chair of UK's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies; and faculty co-director of the Wired Residential College.


The industry “has dealt with a variety of incidents and narratives over the last several years regarding its ability to succeed in the digital era. We asked the speakers to address the challenges, needs, failures, successes, experiences, provocations, and other related topics to the future or present situation of digital publishing as a scholarly and/or academic exercise,” Rice said.


“If we — as scholarly writers and general writers — have believed there is only one way for us to publish our ideas (in an article, in a book), there now exist audio options, video options, digital options, multimedia options. We might consider the popularity of a radio show like "Serial," which uses the podcast format to tell a story about a murder. Or we might consider how Twitter has emerged into a news format that often releases information before major news outlets do. Or we can look to the emergence of the longform essay online as an alternative to the book (shorter), the article (longer) and print (it often incorporates visuals and media into its story). How have content management systems such as WordPress changed the way we write? There are many more examples.


 “We have never lived in a time of writing or expression as we do now, and Networked Publishing will offer new thinking on this moment,” said Rice.

Gatton Team Shines in SEC MBA Case Competition

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2015) — A team of MBA students from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics turned in an outstanding performance in a major intercollegiate business case competition this past weekend.


The Gatton MBA team of James Davey, Jordan McMurtrey, Lauren Scanlon, and Luke Williams placed second at the 2015 Southeastern Conference (SEC) MBA Case Competition held at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. All 14 SEC universities competed in the two-day event, with UK bested only by the first-place team from the University of Florida. South Carolina finished third and LSU was fourth in the final round.


Teams were presented a business case centered on the sustainability of a global mining company on Friday morning. The teams proposed their solutions to a panel of business executives on Saturday morning in divisional rounds. The top four proposals moved on to the final round that determined the order of finish in the competition.


Individually, UK's Lauren Scanlon was presented one of the Best Q&A awards from the  panel.


"Our students performed incredibly well," said Gatton team advisor Harvie Wilkinson, director of Gatton MBA Programs. "We are very proud of their efforts."


Gatton College faculty member Gordon Holbein, a senior lecturer in management, served as coach of the Gatton foursome. 


Applications currently are being accepted for admission to the next class in Gatton's One Year Accelerated MBA Program. The application deadline is May 11. For more information, visit




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UK Faculty Win Best Paper Award from AAA

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2015)  University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Tae Hyun Baek and Chan Yun Yoo co-authored a paper with a Bryant University faculty member that won the Best Paper Award at the 2015 American Academy of Advertising National Conference in Chicago March 26-29, 2015.


The paper titled “The Impact of Augmented Reality on Self-Brand Connections and Purchase Intentions” was selected as Best Paper from the 148 papers submitted for review.


Yoo is an associate professor, and Baek is an assistant professor at UK, both in the Integrated Strategic Communication program in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. They collaborated with Sukki Yoon, an associate professor of marketing at Bryant University.


The research explored augmented reality, allowing consumers to virtually try on products, and the effect it has on purchasing decisions and brand perceptions.


“We poured our heart and energy into this research project,” Baek said.


The efforts paid off.  The research is, in fact, the first of its kind.


“To our best knowledge, the current research is the first to apply self-referencing effects to the augmented reality environment and to shed light on a boundary condition for the augmented reality self-viewing effect,” Baek said.


Results showed that when consumers see themselves wearing the product, they feel a stronger brand connection and stronger purchase intention, as opposed to seeing the product on an unknown model.


These results have the potential to impact future advertising strategies.


“Practically, as augmented reality technologies allow consumers to remotely, yet pseudo-directly, experience products, advertisers could explore additional avenues for effective digitally strategic communication campaigns,” Baek said.


Baek is the only person to win the AAA Best Paper Award twice.  He won previously in 2010 with a paper co-authored by Lijiang Shen.  It is titled “The Effects of Message Framing and Counterfactual Thinking in Anti-Binge Drinking PSAs."


The American Academy of Advertising is an organization of advertising scholars and professionals with an interest in advertising education. The academy fosters research that is relevant to the field and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among its academic and professional members.


The AAA hosts an annual national conference and a global conference every odd-numbered year.  The 2015 global conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand July 9-12, 2015.



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UK Forensics Places 2nd at Kentucky State Tournament

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Forensics Team placed second behind reigning national champions Western Kentucky University at the Kentucky Forensic Association state championship speech and debate tournament. Teams from all over the Commonwealth took part in this tournament, which was organized and hosted by the University of Kentucky team.


The Kentucky State Tournament offers competition in 13 individual events and two forms of debate this year. Team sweepstakes awards, which are determined by summing the points earned by all students from the school, are divided into three categories based on the size and type of institution. The Wildcats won the large school division of the IPDA public debate sweepstakes. UK also placed second in both the large school division of individual events sweepstakes and the large school division of parliamentary debate sweepstakes. The scores combined propelled UK to a second place finish overall at the tournament, which is a new team best.


The following successes made these achievements possible:


7th Place – Abel Rodriguez III

Top Novice – Rachel Brase


After Dinner Speaking

6th Place – Brynne Reilly


Communication Analysis

6th Place – Logan Hurley

Top Novice – Léna Touchard


Drama Interpretation

6th Place – Rachel Brase


Duo Interpretation

2nd Place – Rachel Brase & Megan Wagner

3rd Place – Dianté Elcock & Kaylon Kennedy

Top Novice – Rachel Brase & Megan Wagner


Editorial Impromptu Speaking

4th Place – Abel Rodriguez III

Top Novice – Léna Touchard


Extemporaneous Speaking

5th Place – Abel Rodriguez III

6th Place – Logan Hurley


Impromptu Speaking

Top Novice – Megan Wagner


Informative Speaking

3rd Place – Logan Hurley

Top Novice – Megan Wagner


Parliamentary Debate

Semifinalists – Brynne Reilly and Ryan Winstead

Top Novice Team – Rachel Brase and Kaylon Kennedy

4th Place Speaker (Open Division) – Ryan Winstead

9th Place Speaker (Open Division) – Brynne Reilly

1st Place Speaker (Novice Division) – Rachel Brase

3rd Place Speaker (Novice Division) – Kaylon Kennedy

5th Place Speaker (Novice Division) – Megan Wagner


Persuasive Speaking

5th Place – Abel Rodriguez III


Poetry Interpretation

3rd Place – Abel Rodriguez III

6th Place – Logan Hurley


Program Oral Interpretation

1st Place – Dianté Elcock

5th Place – Kaylon Kennedy

7th Place – Rachel Brase


Prose Interpretation

4th Place – Rachel Brase

Top Novice – Kaylon Kennedy


Public Debate

2nd Place – Abel Rodriguez III

Semifinalist – Ryan Winstead

Quarterfinalist – Logan Hurley

1st Place Speaker (Open Division) – Abel Rodriguez III

3rd Place Speaker (Open Division) – Ryan Winstead

5th Place Speaker (Open Division) – Logan Hurley


Radio Broadcasting

5th Place – Brynne Reilly


Together, these placings added another five national qualifications to the team's record. This brings the season total to 20 qualifications, a new record for the team. In addition to the honors listed above, junior Abel Rodriguez III was re-elected the student president of the Kentucky Forensic Association. Director of Forensics Timothy Bill, who served as the overall organization president for the past year, finished his term and moved into the office of past president.


The KFA State Tournament was originally scheduled for Feb. 20 and 21 at the University of Kentucky but was forced to postpone until March due to the severe winter weather. Instead, the event was hosted by UK on Transylvania University’s campus. The team’s final tournament of the year will be the National Forensic Association national tournament hosted by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, April 16-20. UK Forensics is a student organization within the College of Communication and Information. The team competes in 12 different public speaking events and three forms of debate. For more information, please contact Timothy Bill at



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UK Hazard Mitigation Plan Open for Public Comment

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2015) — Protecting the University of Kentucky as much as possible from natural disasters is one of the primary missions of the UK Police Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness and its UK Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee.



They, along with University of Louisville’s Center for Hazards Research and Police Development, have been working on a draft of the 2015 University of Kentucky Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, and it is now available for public review and comment. Detailed Risk Assessment Maps are also available for viewing.


The draft review period will conclude at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.


Questions and comments may be submitted via the Public Comment Form or by emailing them directly to Laurel Wood, business continuity coordinator in Crisis Management and Preparedness, at


Presentations and materials from each of the four Steering Committee meetings, along with other important information can also be found at:


Natural disasters, such as severe storms, tornados, and floods, can have devastating effects — including loss of life and significant damage to buildings and infrastructure.  Hazard mitigation reduces disaster damages and is defined as a sustained action to reduce risk to the campus community. The university’s mitigation strategy for making our campus a safer place when faced with natural hazards will be reviewed by the UK Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee annually.